Ethos & AimsValues and Vision

Godolphin and Latymer is a modern and forward-looking school with a strong heritage and ethos that shapes the character and heart of our school. Our values and shared vision remain strong and constant: providing access to quality teaching and learning is at the heart of what we do, alongside a real emphasis on the personal development of each and every girl.

The story of our philanthropic origins, and of Head Mistress Dame Joyce Bishop’s pledge in 1945 ‘to best share the task of educating a nation’, is celebrated every year on our birthday. It is this ethos that underpins our commitment to our means-tested bursary programme: we would like every bright girl who is offered a place at Godolphin to be able to come, irrespective of her financial background. We welcome pupils from a wide range of different cultures, faiths and backgrounds which creates a unique and dynamic learning environment.

Pupils’ commitment to respecting and acclaiming cultural diversity is excellent and permeates the life of the school... Pupils have an exceptionally mature approach to the promotion of diversity. They have an informed sense of justice and strive so that all are treated fairly, regardless of preferred gender identity, faith, race or needs within their school community.
ISI Inspection Report 2022

Our aim is to provide academic and all-round excellence in the education and development of young women by:


Girls develop habits of mind that promote curiosity and initiative, intellectual rigour and independence of thought, reflective learning and flexible thinking, the ability to maintain an open mind and to reach a balanced judgement. They achieve excellent examination results and follow the higher education pathway of their choice at leading institutions in the UK and beyond.

Valuing the individual

We offer an exciting range of intellectual, creative and physical challenges and opportunities, encouraging the development of individual passions and particular skills alongside the self-esteem and confidence with which to succeed in unfamiliar situations. Within this principled, caring and friendly community, girls learn to lead, to work together for mutual benefit, to communicate clearly and to forge firm friendships.


We continue our long history of providing education for pupils from a wide range of backgrounds in an enriching and inclusive atmosphere; our means-tested bursary programme allows us to provide fee assistance for talented girls who otherwise wouldn’t be able to come to the school.

Being responsible citizens

Students learn about local, national and global issues and are encouraged to become considerate, compassionate and courageous young women who want to take active responsibility for the community and the environment in which they live, as well as for themselves, both now and in the future.